JEDDAH, 26th January, 2016 (WAM) — The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, has called on all of its subsidiary, specialised and affiliated organs that specialise in women’s issues to participate in a specialist workshop to review the mechanisms of the OIC’s Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women, OPAAW, next Thursday at the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, IRCICA, in Istanbul, Turkey.

This workshop is being held as per the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Experts Group Meeting on reviewing the OPAAW that was held in Jeddah at the General Secretariat in November last year and also the outcomes of the Annual Coordination Meeting of OIC Institutions held in Jeddah in December, 2015.

In attendance will be experts from the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, ISESCO, the Islamic Development Bank, IDB, the Statistical, Economic, Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries, SESRIC, the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, IRCICA,, the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, ICCIA, and delegations from the OIC offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, along with a delegation from the OIC General Secretariat.

It is expected that the outcome of this meeting will provide a more comprehensive vision for the advancement of women, especially in light of contemporary challenges facing women in OIC Member States, and deliver practical suggestions to develop and activate the implementation mechanisms of OPAAW to allow effective monitoring, reviewing and evaluation to achieve desired results.